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Jonathan Fairfield

Call center gangs beware - tourism cop Surachet is coming for you!

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Call center gangs beware - tourism cop Surachet is coming for you!

 

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The head of the tourism police has been put in charge of operations to rid the country of the scourge of call centers.

 

Thai media said that call centers operating in Thailand were causing damage to the image of Thailand.

 

In what amounts to an "epidemic" of cases the police are forever busting and investigating criminals in the business of conning both Thais and foreigners living here and around the world.

 

The criminals are using tourist areas in particular to act as cover for their activities.

 

Now Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha and his main man deputy Prawit Wongsuwan have told chief of police Jakthip Chaijinda that enough is enough.

 

Surachet Hakpan, the head of the tourism police has been put in charge of a task force that includes 191 special branch, of which he was formerly head, and crime suppression police.

Their job will be to rid the country of the call center gangs, said Thai Rath

 

Call centers often intimate members of the public with false claims allegedly coming from officials. Victims are fleeced of money that is then laundered through bank accounts and other means. 

 

Thailand has become a major center for the gangs' operations.

 

 
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2 hours ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

Their job will be to rid the country of the call center gangs

Ouch! That´ll take some time.

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Mind you it is only a guess but my opinion as to why the police are coming down hard on these call-centre scams is that they have not yet invented a way where they can get in for a cut of the take. These organisations are very mobile and usually invisible. When there is no identifiable business address how can they collect their monthly protection fees. 

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Not before time. I am unsure as to how this fits in with the remit of the Tourist Minister. Looks like a job for Thailand's equivalent of the Fraud Squad; if they have one.

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Thats got them shakin' in their boots... I can envision them all packing up shop tonight.

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No this does not have the scammers afraid at all, as most have come to Thailand from

.that are far more corrupt and hard to live in, especially Africa

Geezer

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